Permits have been filed for a seven-story residential building at 1932 McGraw Avenue in Parkchester, The Bronx. Located between Pugsley Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue, the interior lot is near the Parkchester subway station, serviced by the 6 train. Randylynn McManus under the 1932 McGraw Avenue LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
The proposed 65-foot-tall development will yield 13,560 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 23 residences, most likely rentals based on the average unit scope of 589 square feet. The steel-based structure will also have a cellar, a 20-foot-long rear yard, and six open parking spaces.
Mastrogiacomo Engineering is listed as the architect of record.
Demolition permits were filed in April 2022 and the land is now vacant. An estimated completion date has not been announced.
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I can see the future… And it sucks.
this is what Greed looks like.
tear down every two story charming house and put in its place an out of context 7 story piece of crap.
The densification of a neighborhood through one or two-family homes being replaced by apartment buildings isn’t what bothers me – it’s the absolute subpar architecture and form so many of these come in. For every one decent example there seems to be two or three that just hurt the heart. Garish, trendy and cheesy façade features, faux luxury “looks” but with cheap materials, gangway/driveway cantilevers, economy materials on blank lot lines that look terrible and are disrespectful to existing neighboring setback houses, absurd oversized address signage just to name a few. See many Bronx projects as well as Flatbush and East Flatbush which seems to see a lot of it.
One of the unintended effects of NIMBYism is that it shifts the goal for developers away from building the best design(in order to attract the highest buyer/renter), and towards just getting something, or even anything, through the NIMBY gauntlet and built. This has lowered the bar for design, and it shifts the power in the first transaction after development away from buyers and renters who would otherwise be demanding a better quality buildings as buyers/renters now have a much more limited pool of alternatives to choose from.
^ I understand the cause and effect you’re trying to string together and no doubt some of that plays out from time to time but it is myopic to assume that developers are always trying the deliver the “best design” to capture the target market. I wish that every developer had an equal desire to gift the city great design as it is to make the greatest profit, but when the spectrum of projects in the whole city are taken into consideration, it’s obvious that is not the case.
I’m not saying developers have any benevolent desires, everything is about profits. I’m saying that for the most part the competition has shifted towards getting something profitable approved and built as it’s now the hardest part of the process. It’s only when targeting the highest end of the market where buyers still have real options do we see developers forced to compete for buyers with quality design.
It has nothing to do with NIMBYism as you call it.
I’ll repeat it’s all about GREED GREED GREED
Developers don’t give a sht about what they build or the neighborhood
It’s all about $$$$$$$$$
This has been called ‘block busting in the past. As noted above, it has absolutely nothing to do with NIMBY. That’s an excuse that I have heard since the 1960’s. No one can document that it’s true, but if someone says it often enough, they hope it will be believed.
The new development is out of scale with the neighborhood, and places extreme economic and density pressure on the remaining homeowners. Six parking places is a joke without humor. More automobiles will be added to the precious on street parking problem. The units are, more often than not, priced far above what the existing renters can afford, and taxes jump.
The architectural designs ignore everything around them, and they’re either by second rate architects with ghastly cookie cutter designs like those you’re seen a dozen other places, or architects trying to make a name for themselves with bizarre pointless colors and shapes. Greed and ego driven, buildings like the one to be stuffed into this neighborhood, do nothing but destroy.